I am jumping up on my soapbox. Many items in the news lately about Christians coming out!!! Not coming out of the closet but coming out in support of gay marriage and ultimately, the gay lifestyle. I will begin by stating, not for the first time, that I am not a gay basher or gay hater. I love gay people but I do hate the sin of homosexuality. I saw a post on facebook recently asking why are Christians concentrating on or always talking about homosexuality. Why? Because it is a major focus of gays and those who support gays to bash Christians and anyone who speaks out loud their non-support of gay marriage. Where do we live? I thought it was the land of the free…home of the brave. A place quickly becoming land of the don’t you dare speak out how you believe cuz you just might lose your job, your freedom, or your platform. I warned you, I am on a soapbox. Not only are homosexuals supported by Hollywood, politicians, the media, etc; they are being supported by “Christians”?????
Have you heard about the preacher (the evangelical preacher) who stated that Jesus told him to support homosexuality? Here is the link to that story (http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/watchman-on-the-wall/43595-no-pastor-jesus-did-not-tell-you-to-support-homosexuality), but if you are not brave enough to read it, here is an excerpt from the article which is a statement from this Vineyard preacher:
“When the Bible prohibits same-sex sex, what was the historical context for that? There’s no real indication monogamous, gay partnerships were the aim of the biblical texts, but there were some very clearly [sic] examples of exploitative same-sex sexuality, like temple prostitution or slave sex, masters requiring slaves to perform sexual services as part of their ownership of them.
“In the New Testament, there was pederasty, where older men providing mentoring to underage prepubescent males in exchange for sexual services … The Sodom and Gomorrah story is about gang rape. It’s not about anything like loving monogamous relationships. To apply that to the issue of homosexuality is a gross misuse of scripture.”
Give me a break. Is he serious?
Have you heard about the recent tweet of the lead singer of the “Christian” music group, Jars of Clay? Here is his tweet:
Haseltine, who is the lead singer of Jars of Clay and whose band became famous for its Christian-themed music, posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday: “Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non ‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.”
“I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. Anyone?” he went on to argue.
“I don’t think Scripture ‘clearly’ states much of anything regarding morality,” Haseltine stated.
And the link to that story if you dare: http://christiannews.net/2014/04/24/jars-of-clay-frontman-comes-out-in-support-of-homosexual-marriage/
So what Bible is he reading? Certainly not the one I read.
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves.
25 They changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature.
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men, working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense for their error which was meet.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But ye are washed, ye are sanctified, ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
The following is a letter sent out by the American Family Association last week: (http://www.afa.net/Detail.aspx?id=2147545184)
7 common careers Christians may no longer hold in America
April 23, 2014
Many Christians choose self-employed careers because they want to be able to run their business according to the dictates of their faith and conscience.
That list is quickly shrinking as homosexuals pro-actively seek opportunities to wreck the personal business and career of any Christian who declines to support the gay lifestyle.
Don’t be fooled. This is a focused effort to ostracize and humiliate faith-based businesses and their owners. Here are a few recent examples:
- Photography – A Christian photographer in New Mexico was fined $6700 for politely declining to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony. The Supreme Court allowed this fine to stand.
- Baker – A Christian baker in Oregon is facing both civil and criminal penalties, including jail time, for politely declining to bake a cake for a gay wedding ceremony. Her business has closed.
- Florist – Baronelle Stutzman, a Christian florist in Washington, is being sued by the state attorney general for politely declining to prepare an arrangement for a gay wedding ceremony.
- Broadcasting – Craig James was fired by Fox Sports Southwest after only one day on the job for expressing his support for natural marriage while he was a candidate for the United States Senate.
- Counseling – Jennifer Keeton was dismissed from the counseling program at Augusta State University for her religious reservations about the homosexual lifestyle.
- Innkeeping – The Wildflower Inn in Vermont was fined $30,000 and forced to shut down its wedding reception business after politely declining to host a lesbian ceremony.
- Teaching – Ms. Gillian John-Charles was kicked out of a doctoral program in education at Roosevelt University for expressing in class her belief that homosexuals aren’t born gay.
THIS LETTER SHOULD ALARM US!!!!
I am going to use part of my husband’s sermon from this morning.
God has called us to SEASON—SHINE—AND STINK!
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
14 Now thanks be unto God, who always causeth us to triumph in Christ and who maketh manifest through us the savor of His knowledge in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in those who are saved and in those who perish:
16 to the one we are the savor of death unto death, and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not as many who corrupt the Word of God; but as out of sincerity, but as from God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
Jesus calls us to be salt…salt is cleansing and adds flavor. He calls us to be light…to illuminate. He calls us to stink…yes…when we speak out for what we believe in: marriage between a man and woman—homosexuality is a sin—all roads do not lead to heaven—etc., we may stink to those around us. They may not want to hear it…they may not want to believe it…it is like the savor of death unto death! But we may speak out and bring life to someone who is hoping that there is hope…hoping there is God who loves them no matter what sin they have been involved in…hoping there is a Christian out there who will stand up and shout what they believe…who will not back down because it is politically correct. You can bring life by speaking the truth. God did not call us to hide our light under a bushel!!!!
I could point fingers…I could say the church is slipping down a slippery slope in not training up warriors who know what they believe in…I could blame the government for backing the gay agenda, Muslim belief, etc…but I won’t. I will take responsibility for my part of the world as you should take it for your own part of the world.
It is not hate, but love, that points out to a brother or sister in Christ, that they may need to make some corrections in their walk. it is love that speaks truth to the asked questions about homosexuality, adultery, fornication, shacking up, stealing, lying, etc.
BE LIGHT…BE SALT…BE THAT STINK (WHETHER GOOD OR BAD). It is our Christian responsibilty.